Friend, are you unable to read the Bible, that is, make sense of it? Or do some parts make sense, but others, such as Leviticus or Revelation or Romans seem totally bewildering? Are you desiring to go deeper, or reach a higher ground, spiritually, but your difficulty in comprehending scripture is holding you back? It may well be you need to consider that the Bible is essentially Messianic--that is, it exists to tell you about the Messiah and Savior, and virtually everything in the Bible points to Him. With this understanding, you are on your way to unlocking the scriptures and opening the door to Yeshua--for they are, in truth, a living Person, Jesus (Yeshua), who delights in His Name, the Word (John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
I was blessed by heaven last night, rather, early this morning (the day after Thanksgiving). It was a miracle, I know, because of the timing. I had watched a marvelous TV program on famous hymns and the composers and how they came to write such classics as "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "Amazing Grace," and "How Great Thou Art," and others. That was enough blessing to cap off a wonderful Thanksgiving Day celebration and dinner at my mother's home with most of the immediate family, plus a nephew I do not see very often. But then came more! A program--very authoritatively and well done--on angels in our lives followed, and I was also blessed. But God was just leading up to the cherry on the banana split! Here came a long program on the Essene Scrolls! My eyes were glued to the screen as I watched the whole drama of the Essene scroll discovery in 1947 from the beginning to about the last ten years or so (I do not have the date of the video as yet to determine this).
The program showed the pictures of the Bedouins, and the very one nicknamed "wolf," who discovered the scrolls. Not a "little Arab boy" as I thought and said, he was gangling, tall and thin, and Bedouins are not really Arabs--they pre-date the Arabs, being a more ancient people in the Middle East than the Arabs, it is thought--and some Biblical genealogist can probably identify their progenitor, which may not be Abraham, as is the case with Arabs.
Anyway, he was pursuing a goat (how providential was that runaway goat!) across the cliffs, and then threw a stone in one cave and heard a strange clink of a sound, which wasn't what he expected from rock hitting rock--and Bedouins know the difference, as this one surely did. Entering the cave to find whatever made the strange sound, he found pottery, and from one he pulled out old leather strips. He did not see the writing, obviously, or think that it mattered at any rate. He took the strips to a man in Bethlehem and tried to get the shoe-maker and antique deader, a man named Kando, to make shoes for him. But the shoemaker knew the leather was too old for shoes, and he kept possession. The story goes on, getting more excited and convoluted, until it appears to be an Agatha Christie-type spy ring mystery with all its hairpin, hair-raising twists and turns of suspense, strange events, mysterious disappearances, even including two real, savage wars being fought in the vicinity of the scrolls and right in the building where they were.
All the principal participants in the Dead Sea Scroll drama are shown, right down to the soldiers fighting in the war with the Arab nations in 1947 and later again in 1967 (who first attacked when Israel declared its lawful independence in 1947, with the sanction of the United Nations--which shows you exactly what Muslim Arab nations really think about lawful world opinion when their own interests are crossed) to capture the Rockefeller museum in Jerusalem where the invaluable Dead Sea Scrolls were being held hostage by Jordanian troops.
All this and much, much more, you should see with your own eyes--if you missed this program on TBN. I have not checked TBN for the time of the airing--or if it can be viewed afterwards. But here is the contact information which I will use to obtain a video of the program:
Of course, the flat tables were used by scribes--and the work of scribes is to copy, transcribe, repair, and compose entirely new manuscripts. The flat tables were perfect for their use. You have to explain away the existence of those tables to deny the fact the Qumran community inhabitants were working with scrolls.
Now we know the scrolls were found a half mile away. I have been on the site, so I have seen that this is a fact. It is inconceivable that this well-developed, extensive community knew nothing about the scrolls in the caves, or that they had no part in putting them there. They were, at the least, merely adding to their numbers, and the process of storing scrolls there had been going on for a long time. That is possible. In any case, they were but participant in a collective effort to preserve and hide away for safe keeping vast numbers of scrolls and scroll fragments (perhaps scrolls that had deteriorated with use and time but were considered still too holy to be discarded or burnt).
The Qumran-Essene connection is just too close to be explained away without giving stronger evidence than was furnished by experts in the video. No doubt other findings have been made since the video was made, but that will be dealt with later when I hear of them.
But were the Qumran community dwellers "Essenes," that exclusive, reclusive sect of ultra-orthodox Judaists? What we see is a community of desert dwellers, who had the means and use of writing tables, and used them, plus the caves to store them indefinitely beyond reach of the raiding Beduoins and the rampaging Romans and whoever else came that way to do mischief in the centuries that followed.
If the Essenes were not dwellers at Qumran, a perfect habitat and refuge for them, then where did they live? How did the scrolls get to the caves, if this community next door to them had no part in copying and preserving and hiding the scrolls? It is much safer to take the simpler, common sensical explanation--that is, to return to the original connection of Qumran ruins to the Essenes to the Caves. They all fit quite nicely. But even if you subtract the Essenes, Qumran still exists! And the community that thrived there could have done the job, or at least part of it, in filling the caves with the Essene-copied scrolls! There had to be a connection. I believe some people are quibblers by nature, which can be helpful in discovering the exact truth, to a point--but beyond, there is danger of their throwing dust in everybody's eyes, so that we no longer can see the plain truth anymore.
We know the plain truth, which is: the Essenes existed, the Qumran community and its writing tables existed, and the times of each of these components and highly probable contributors are right for the copying, transcription, and hiding away of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Just how they fit together, and when exactly, will be debated no doubt until the prophesied Conversion of the Jews (in the phrase of Christopher Marlowe) when Christ returns. But let us stick to the plain facts, and we cannot go far wrong. Someone no doubt will theorize that the Scrolls are the products of superior intelligences visiting us from outer space--another Danniken spouting off sensational nonsense to the crowds who love such stuff, perhaps--but we know this for sure: the timing was perfect, because the discovery of the scrolls by that plucky (a nicer word than "sticky fingered") Bedouin nicknamed the "Wolf" came right at the beginning of the epochal restoration of the Jewish state--which was also a great, great fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. If anyone cannot see the sentinel mark of a divine miracle of the first magnitude shining over the Dead Sea Scrolls Discovery, he or she is as good as blind and cannot see bare facts staring them in the face.--Ed.
THE HOLY BIBLE, LIKE FREEDOM IN AMERICA, IS NOT FREE! People like William Tyndale, a man who gave his life at the stake (he was "mercifully" strangled first before his body was burnt by men sent by the Bishop of London), wanted the common people of England to be able to come to faith in Christ by reading the Bible in their own language--something the religious authorities of the "Christian Church" that was official in England of that day absolutely forbade the people. You can read the story of William Tyndale in Foxe's Book of Martyrs, and Billy Graham's magazine, DECISION, has an article in the
November 2006 issue, that tells about William Tyndale's valiant stand for the truth and free access to the Gospel against the worst religious enemies of the Gospel you can imagine (they were just as fierce and murderous as any Muslim terrorists or Saudian Arabian authorities (our oil-funded enemies) who hate the Bible and anyone carrying it enough to kill them on the spot). The website to obtain viewing of this fine article, "The Legacy of a Martyr," telling of William Tyndale the Martyr for Christ, can be accessed at:
Saudi Arabia, if the unpalatable truth be known, is America's most insidious enemy, rapidly subverting and taking over this society from within with our own oil money, by buying our educators and university departments with unlimited grants--as Brigitte Gabriel, a Lebanese Christian now a U.S. citizen, can testify, since she and her family were victims of the Muslim aggression in her homeland of Lebanon [more about her later, with contact information).
So America's chief god, the many-headed god of secular-humanism, will be struck down, which even now is rejoicing in the hearts of a majority of Americans who voted against the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Mid-Term elections. These people were simply being tested by Almighty God, weighed in the divine balance, and we see what was in their hearts, as they have voted to take themselves and the whole nation down to the pit. They chose their false, lying god over the One True God, whom their forefathers knew, loved, and died for when they established a new nation in North America, conceived in biblical principles, beliefs, and liberty. What mistakes they made (and those who came after them made much bigger ones), does not nullify their great and immortal achievement. But all these 21st century American voters for the false god are not naive prodigals who can experience a change of heart if their wrong choice is pointed out to them--no, they are sold out to the devil, children of darkness, slaves serving the spirit of anti-christ.
They trust in their riches, in their human strength and intelligence, in the gods of money, pride, and vaunted American technology--now let these vain things save them from destruction, if they can! Soon now Almighty God will allow a flood of destruction to sweep across the whole of America, from within, and from without--until all the high towers of humanism are swept away! Whoever clings to them, will be swept away with them. But the people who covenanted with God through obedience and sacrifice, they will be spared, though they suffer much. God's imperishable, all-victorious Word proclaims to this repentant remnant of the Pilgrims in America: "Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the river on foot. There we will rejoice in Him. He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard."--Psalm 66:6-8.
China is a great red dragon, a communist beast power of vast population and increasingly formidable econonmic, military, and political strength. It is not yet a superpower, but it is fast growing to that level. America and China are on a collision course--there can be no other way to describe what is happening (if your eyes are open!), though at present we are engaged in a tremendous, one-sided trade relationship, with our nation funding or "feeding" the great red dragon.
Will China turn on us and devour us, as dragons proverbially are known to do to the unwary? Right now China is keenly observing us, identifying every chink in our national armor while stealing our nuclear technology or buying it outright from our soul-selling companies--just as our other mortal enemies, Iran, North Korea, and the Al Qaeda terrorist network are doing--all the while sharing information and perhaps lethal weapons of mass destruction.
China is not an innocent bystander, just a trade partner like any other we have. China is calculatingly, meticulously gathering necessary strength, training, bases, weapons, and the whole array of technological, military, and electronic means to destroy us when the moment is ready to strike us. China's universities are constantly used as bases to hack, penetrate, infect our data systems and glean secrets from our top military web sites. China is strenuously seeking space flight and satellite technology, so that she can deal with us in space as well.
Will she use what all she has gained from us against us, when she decides she is strong enough to crush us? The attack is coming. The only wild card is the Christian church in China--nestled in the dragon's breast, though not willingly accepted there (if you know anything about the tremendous persecution that is on-going in China). Will that vibrant, persecuted, suffering church now reaching upwards of 80 million Christian believers by one expert's estimate be able to turn the Great Red Dragon of Communist China from carrying out its deadly plan for us? We shall soon see!
Note: This prophecy was given my family by my aunt and uncle who were deacon and deaconess (true, Holy Spirit led, Biblical offices, not the sort that are generally appointed in churches) at the "sheepshed" church in Eden Prairie where this word was given sometime in 1973. The church started as a Bible study in the home of my aunt and uncle's, as a reward for their obedience and faithfulness in following the Spirit of God despite the persecution of others, including a pastor, in their own church after they refused to enter into an ungodly church merger. The new home church expanded mightily, as the Word came forth in powerful Bible preaching and teaching, and new ministers full of power and grace were raised up in their midst. The church had to be moved from their home, it grew so big, and from then on, as a mother church, it established over twenty other churches in the U.S. My aunt and uncle have since gone on to the Lord and received their great, great rewards, but their legacy is enduring, as it is now spread across the world in yet more vibrant new churches, missionaries, and missions--and, most important of all, innumerable changed, Jesus-transformed lives.
They have broken and humbled you, nearly casting you headlong in disgrace from your seat of power--and now (even as you bluff and puff and plead without dignity with them and their allies, enemy nations round the world) your bitterest enemies have been encouraged to attack with all their many, terrible weapons. Why do you not call your erring nation back to God, to repent of their many sins, and cease offending Me, saith the Lord God? I have been waiting for you to do this, waiting and waiting. Turn back to God--while you still can. You shall receive strength, even when the nation is destroyed around you in a tsunami of fire and destruction, but your life will be spared. The whole nation is a stinking Niagara Falls of lies overflowing before My Eyes, says the Lord. All of you lie and deceive, from great to small. Do you not lie, cheat, and steal from every man his neighbor? You kill a man's family while he is away fighting to defend his country and even burn his house down! You commit every sin known and unknown, and boast of it before the whole world in your films and television programs, but it is Your lies, brazen lies, that offend Me above even your base immoralities and the legalized killing of the innocent unborn for vast profits. Turn away from your false, lying gods, and he will receive you tenderly, with forgiveness. You sinned following the gods of Interfaith Religions and the pride of your father and the foolish advice of your counsellors who do not seek My wisdom but trust in their own. I will not allow you to serve both Me and false gods, so choose life and not death! You have built your house on sand; it must be founded on Me alone, the Rock, Jesus Christ--or it will be swept utterly away, and your name will be accursed to the next generation in this destroyed nation. Turn away from all of your false gods now, for your sake, and the sake of many people stumbling blindly with you into the ditch.--Ronald Ginther
For a brand-new film based on the Book of Esther that will entertain and challenge everyone, without wondering and worrying about a low rating (it is PG)--go to the place to get the names of theaters nearest you, and type in your zip code for your area's listing (you are also asked to call local theaters and ask if they will be showing the film called "A Night With the King":
"Where is that guy coming from?" A Discussion of Important Issues and Influences on the Instructor, by Duane L. Smith
3. The release of 70 of the captives in Baghdad from the government office building (keep praying for the safe return of the other thirty or more captives).
4. The continued failure of terrorist plots on American soil after 9/11.
5. The recent arrests in London foiling a terrorist plot to bring down about a dozen American commercial jets flying from Heathrow, London, exploding them over American cities (not over the Atlantic Ocean in mid-flight as was originally reported!).
6. The increased world attention being given by human rights activists, following up the whistleblowing on it by brave Christian evangelists such as Pastor Rod Parsley and Franklin Graham, so that the UN and world community is embarrassed and forced to deal with the genocide and liquidation of black Christians by Sudan's Muslim government, which denies any complicity, of course, but has for the last decade or more sponsored and given helicopters, bombs, planes and weapons to Muslim militias raiding Dafur, south Sudan. By the way, this is the same regime under whose umbrella Osama bin Laden formerly operated a safe haven for his terrorist training camps. He must have been too hot for even them to handle, and they offered him to President Clinton, who had "better things to do" and let him get away (this is just the straight public record).
7. All the thousands, or millions, of answers by a faithful God, which we are not aware of (sometimes it is merciful we don't know just what all is going on against us!).
Brigitte Gabriel, a Christian from Lebanon, valiantly tells of the persecution of Christians in Lebanon by Muslim terrorists who took over her formerly peaceful, progressive, multi-cultural, religiously tolerant nation (the only one like it in the Middle East--a model for all the oppressive Muslim societies around it!). They turned it into a hell, and her family had to flee for their lives. Her book, "Because They Hate," depicts the reason why Muslims hate Jews and Christians so passionately, and shows how that hatred is grounded in the later Muslim scriptures (surahs) of the Koran that supercede the earlier tolerant scriptures written by Mohammed when he was in Medina eagerly seeking the favor of Jews and Christians to help him gain the upper hand against his enemies in Mecca. Truth and prayer, with the love of Jesus, is the only way to defeat this darkness from hell itself that calls itself Islam (imagine a "God" and a "prophet" who promote the killing of innocent Jewish and Christian children, blowing them up, and then awarding these mass murderers entrance into heaven and giving them 72 virgins a day to have orgies with! Can anything so blasphemous and sacrilegious be imagined?
This is truly an abomination born in hell--and yet mullahs routinely preach this devil's doctrine to children and impressionable, ignorant young men and women who slavishly believe everything they are told by their religious authorities. To underscore Brigitte Gabriel's warning about the Muslim religion and the terrorists in Lebanon, the news just broke that a leading Christian politician in the Lebanonese parliament has just been asssasinated. You know who did it, because he opposed Syria and Iran-backed Hezbollah's power grab in the parliament.
This book speaks to the greatest need of America--which is to wake up and seek God in repentance and then carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Muslims in love and humility--and can be obtained by calling 1-800-854-9899, or contact her via Pastor John Hagee's website.
"George Muller, Man of Faith and Miracles," biography hy Basil Miller, Bethany Fellowship, Dimension Books, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Tortured for Christ," autobiography of Richard Wurmbrand, Diane Books, Glendale, California
"Hope for Man in a Hopeless World," by Basilea Schlink, Bethany Fellowship, Dimension Books, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Glory in the Church, the Coming Revival," by Edward E. Hindson, Thomas Nelson Publishers, New York/Nashville
"Czechmate," autobiographical account of imprisonment of author in a communist country for Bible smuggling
"The Everyday Guide to "God," A to Z Listing of God's Attributes, with Scriptures, by Amy Ng Wong, Humble Creek Publisher, Uhricksville, Ohio
"The Complete Book of Bible Lists," by H.L. Willmingon, Tyndale House, Wheaton, Illinois
"God Sent a Man," the story of Joseph, by Carylye B. Haynes, Review and Herald Publishing Association, Washington, D.C.
"Israel Act III," The Bible and the Mideast in prophecy, by Richard Wolff, Tyndale House, Wheaton, Illinois
"Eric Liddell, Pure Gold," biography of the Chariots of Fire Olympic runner turned missionary to China, by David McCasland, Discovery House Publishers, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"C.S. Lewis," Heroes of the Faith series biography, by Sam Wellman, Barbour Publishing, Uhrichsville, Ohio
Here is the way one single woman, with incredible handicaps of continual frail health and gender, invaded the Muslim-walled fortress-land of Algeria and took much of it back for Christ with missions that served as strategic staging posts to reach out to the whole nation with the saving, delivering, demon-power-destroying, liberating Gospel. She accomplished this with prayer, perserverance, and the faithfulness of God's Promises in His unconquerable Word! Here is the story of her epic achievement in Algeria--a land you would have thought could not have been penetrated with the Gospel since it was taken by Muslim armies way back in the 7th century.
"A Passion for the Impossible," The Life of Lilias Trotter, by Miriam Huffman Rockness, Discovery House Publishers, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Jerusalem Countdown," A Warning to the world, containing a prophetic view of Iran's role in coming world events affecting or centered on Israel, with parallels between Joseph and Jesus tieing in with these events and others of the End-Times, by John Hagee, Frontline (A Strang Company), Lake Mary, Florida
The Eastern Orthodox Christian Church Patriarch is still headquartered in the city, which remains the seat of Eastern Orthodoxy's head primate, the Constantinopolitan patriarch (who has been made a Turkish citizen, by the way) to keep him under control and from causing the Turkish government trouble.
Turkey ought to return the mother church, Hagia Sophia, that is still the center of Greek Orthodox Christendom, where it rightly belongs. This is the only major belief system that does not have its mother edifice in its possession--for I cannot think of any other. Imagine Christians forcibly taking Mecca and the Kaaba shrine and keeping them for seven hundred years, then turning them into a "museum." The British Empire had the power and armies to do so in the 19th and even the early 20th century--but wisely left the whole area of Islam's heartland alone. If not for this, it would have made a British possession, since the British Empire ruled supreme across the globe. How then can one religion, Islam, treat other beliefs this way? The simple answer is: Islam is triumphantist (its guiding tenet is that no competing, rival belief can be tolerated, except temporarily to get the advantage over after gaining more power and the means to use it), unlike Christianity, which can co-exist with other beliefs, and does, when not ruled by occasional triumphantist religious authorities!
Thanks to Constantinople, which remained for a thousand years a beacon of hope and prosperity, learning, and civilization, to a barbarized, dark, tumultous world after the Western Roman Empire fell in the 5th century, we did not wake up Muslims this morning, hearing the call from the minaret's iman to pray toward Mecca! It is seldom that one city ever played so vital and crucial a role in saving civilization and the Christian faith--in fact, this city is the only one that has done it, eclipsing Rome by a large degree. Can God forget Constantinople, now called Istanbul? Its people are precious to him--the ten or more millions of Muslims that now call it home. We owe as Christians a great debt to this still very beautiful city--and now when Pope Benedict XIV is about to visit there, it is coming into the front pages--just as it was on the "front pages" for over a thousand years in the past. God is, indeed, drawing attention to this great mother city, no doubt, so that we who pray will pray for the salvation of this city, which He used with such mighty power to preserve and protect the precious faith of Christ brought to Europe from this very land of Asia Minor, of which this city was the shining signet gem.
A royal wedding infinitely more splendid and majestic than Charles and Diana's is coming, when Christ is wed to His Bride. His bride will be ready, and she will be without spot or wrinkle. Are we preparing ourselves as the Bride of Christ? It is time to purify ourselves and get ready for the grand royal wedding with the King!
On a trip to England, my hosts took me to St. Paul's Cathedral, and we saw the silver chandeliers had been taken down, for cleaning, in preparation for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. The cathedral itself had to be cleaned and purified for the wedding and the honorable guests and the Bride and Groom and the Groom's royal mother the Queen and the Archbiship of Canterbury and The Dean of the Cathedral. This was probably the wedding of the century, watched world-wide by television by hundreds of millions. How much more, we, the Church and Body of Christ, must be made ready for the wedding, cleaned and purified for our much more glorious Bridegroom, Jesus Christ!
The Bnei Menasche said to Michael Freund that they want to return (make the aliyah) to Israel. 800 have emigraed to Israel so far, but there are thousands remaining. In the meantime, Freund and supporters established two schools in India for them, and are doing other things to facilitate their return to Israel. It is about 2,700 years since they were forcibly taken from the Northern Kingdom by the Assyrians. If you wish to know more about this epochal reunion of Jews of the Lost Tribe of Manasseh with their people in their homeland of Israel, Hal Lindsay's recent interview with Michael Freund can be accessed here. Michael Freund's web address and webpage will be given too.
Bill O'Reilly on the O'Reilly Factor show interviewed an author who has a book out on the results of his study of the giving of various groups in America and how they compare to European countries. Secular-humanists are hardly in the running. Conservatives give 2 per cent of their incomes to charities, mainly Christian run charities. Liberals, when they give anything at all, give to secular charities. Countries such as the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Italy are pathetic tightwads. Italy is the worst of all. I am reminded that the Netherlands, which doesn't compare to the giving rate of conservatives in America, or America in total, does not have much grounds for lecturing anyone, but their ambassador came here on a visit to the President and lectured the U.S. a while back just after the tsunami, saying America needed to give more money to the victims. It was absurd, coming from them--these secular humanist Hollanders who, statistically, per capita, are the real tightwads, not America, and certainly not conservatives. Now this was the book's findings--not my own good guesses--as I hadn't the slightest idea what the giving was for each of these nations was until the findings were aired on O'Reilly's program.
Bill O'Reilly asked the author (I did not hear this name, tuning in too late) why secular humanists give so poorly compared to conservatives. The answer is it has to do with their world view. No God to look to, they have only the government, and it is the government they expect to do the giving to the poor. That makes sense to me, but the fact is they are short-changing themselves by pushing off the poor onto the government. Giving and generosity actually enhances the lives of the givers. The author said that givers tend to be more successful as people. They are "blessed," to use a Christian term. As the Bible says: "Give and it shall be given unto you...". The opposite is also true then: Don't give, and it won't be given unto you!
Actually, when you think to the source of all giving, God, who can out-give God? No one! But when we give to help others, even the Muslims who may be persecutors of Christians, we are acting like God, are we not? And when we imitate God, we will be blessed--it is as sure a thing as water always flows downhill.
Terrorism? Bombs? Why fear anything? Almighty God will be flying with you and going right along side of you! Travel in Israel, and on its planes particularly, is much, much safer than in the West. Israelis have lived with aggressive, hostile neighbors so long, they know what to do to make travel in Israel extra safe. Dear Emmaus Walker, do not miss the opportunity to go to Israel now before Christ's soon coming (ask and trust God for the money!), and go (you will never, never regret it):